The Islands of Hawaii
McNeil Wilson Communications
For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 21, 2012
WHAT'S NEW IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS - SEPTEMBER 2012
Experience what's new with Hawaii's events and attractions, developments in the islands, accolades, and transportation updates.
EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS
- Reminiscing about the special day you said “I Do?” Now back by popular demand, Outrigger Waikiki (Oahu) offers complimentary beachfront vow renewal ceremonies so you can re-live that unforgettable moment. Hotel guests are welcome to participate in the ceremony held every Monday and Thursday at 7:45 p.m. on the hotel’s oceanfront lanai overlooking Waikiki Beach. The promotion follows the hotel’s completion of a major four-month renovation, featuring a remodeled pool, expanded deck, newly installed elevators, and refurbished guest rooms. For more information, visit Outrigger.com.
- Grab your swimsuit and learn the “hottest” water sport in Hawaii with Tiki Man Stand Up Paddle, the only company providing stand up paddleboarding lessons at Napili and Kapalua Bay on Maui from Monday through Saturday. Private, semi-private and group lessons are approximately 90 minutes and include equipment rentals and instruction. For more information, visit TikiManSUP.com.
- To the excitement of North Shore residents and farmers, the Haleiwa Farmers’ Market re-opened at Waimea Valley (Oahu) last month. Support the local community while enjoying fresh local food, produce, and music every Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Waimea Valley’s Pikake Pavilion and main lawn. For more information, visit HaleiwaFarmersMarket.com.
- Maui’s Grand Wailea introduced a new water adventure ride perfect for cooling down during the summer. The Fishpipe, the longest water slide in the world, rotates at 45 revolutions per minute while suspending participants above a pocket of air in 75 liters of water. The ride is complimentary for registered hotel guests free and $15 non-registered guests. Operating hours are Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit FishPipeHawaii.com.
- Beginning this month, Mauna Lani Sea Adventures at the Mauna Lani Resort on Hawaii Island will be offering WOW (Weddings on Winona) packages. These will include small and large group rates for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and vow renewals aboard the romantic 50-inch Winona sailing catamaran. For more information, visit MaunaLaniSeaAdventures.com.
- The Ala Moana Farmers Market is now available pau hana (after work) style. Earlier this month, the outdoor mall expanded its popular Saturday farmers market to Tuesday nights. The event features a unique range of over 35 vendors, providing fresh island produce and delicacies. The market is held every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit HaleiwaFarmersMarket.com/Ala-Moana.
- Weary travelers visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii, the Big Island can soon find shelter at the restored Volcano House Hotel this fall. Perched on the rim of Kilauea’s caldera, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, guestrooms offer incredible views of the rainforest and Halemaumau crater. Guests seeking a more rugged adventure can enjoy a once in a lifetime camping experience at the newly refurbished Namakanipaio Cabins featuring new flooring and beds. Cabins are currently available and open for reservations. For more information, visit HawaiiVolcanoHouse.com.
- Hawaii Island’s Hilton Waikoloa Village is unveiling a host of improvements for guestrooms in the Lagoon Tower this month. Each room received upgrades to the bathroom and balcony and a new 37-inch high definition television. The Naupaka and Naia luxury suites will also offer faster high-speed Internet access. For more information, visit HiltonWaikoloaVillage.com.
- The newly opened Green Spa Hawaii on Oahu takes an all natural and organic approach to skin care. Guests can rejuvenate their mind, body and soul with a specialty massage or facial, or an energizing visit to the oxygen bar. For more information, visit GreenSpaHawaii.com.
Hawaiian Airlines continues to expand internationally recently introducing a new Pacific gateway and announcing additional service and new partnerships in the Asia market.
Beginning March 13 (2013), Hawaiian Airlines will commence nonstop service between Auckland (New Zealand) and Honolulu (Oahu). Hawaiian will be the only US carrier serving the Auckland market with flights operating between the cities three times a week.
Visitors from or connecting through Seoul, South Korea can now travel to the Hawaiian Islands any day of the week on Hawaiian Airlines, which recently increased the existing four flights per week to daily service between Seoul and Honolulu.
To help fill the increase in capacity from Seoul, Hawaiian has teamed up with interline partner Air China and China International Travel Service (CITS) to offer Chinese visitors a premium Hawaii tour experience, flying them in to Honolulu on its nonstop service from Seoul. For more information, visit HawaiianAir.com.
- Island Air is flying with a new look following a complete image and brand overhaul that touches every aspect of the company including a new logo mark, enhanced website, and the addition of a new fleet of ATR42 and ATR72 aircrafts. The upgraded fleet will allow the carrier to serve any major airport in the Hawaiian Islands at the lowest cost and greatest comfort to passengers. For more information, visit IslandAir.com.
- Four hotels representing three Hawaiian Islands earned Platinum Hotel honors from Celebrated Living for being named to the list of Top 10 Family Resorts. Maui’s Grand Wailea received the No. 5 spot, the highest ranking of the Hawaii contenders. Following behind are Hawaii Island’s Hilton Waikoloa Village and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu and the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa at the No. 6, 9, and 7 spots respectively. For more information, visit CelebratedLiving.com.
- The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea was named the top Hawaii Golf Resort in Conde Nast Traveler’s annual golf poll that yielded 15 Hawaii winners in total. Rounding out the top five on the list are the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay at No. 2, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu (Hawaii Island) at No. 3, Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Lodge at Koele at No. 4, and the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa at No. 5. For more information, visit CNTraveler.com.